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Monday, September 14, 2020
By Dave Graybill
One of my favorite places to fish this summer has been Rufus Woods Reservoir, and it’s one of my favorite places to fish in the winter, too. I have had good success fishing from the shore at Brandts Landing, and the north shore. Brandts Landing is a federal park about six miles above Chief Joseph Dam. There is a vault toilet here and several spots that have been cleared to give access to the water. Some of these have picnic tables or fire rings. I often contact Dave Marchaud, who is a fish checker with the Colville Tribe, about the fishing on Rufus Woods. He patrols the public accesses above Chief Joseph Dam to Brandt Landing and I always see him when I am fishing up there. He reported that smoke had been very thick in the area, and then he sent me a video. The video, shot from the window of his pickup, showed the damage done at Brandts Landing after a wildfire has passed through. I was very disappointed to see this popular public access damaged. It wasn’t completely destroyed, and I’m sure it will recover. I will check it out this winter.